Repeal and Replace: Republicare

The fight is going on now about what comes next.  Once again, the leftists in the Democratic party have moved the goal posts.  Freedom is dead.  Personal responsibility is dead.  The Free market is dead.  Long live socialism.  At this point, the Republicans are only arguing about the Sta-puft marshmallow man.

  1.  You cannot just repeal Obamacare.  It has tentacles into everything.   Those tentacles are not going to retract on their own.  It will need to be rooted out piece by piece.  This is an entirely unmanageable task for a congress that still never read the law they passed.
  2. If you simply repeal, you will cause unimaginable suffering as the uninsurable chronically sick suddenly get stuck paying their own bills.
  3. The Democrats are claiming that repeal will cause chaos.  Oddly enough, they didn’t mention the Chaos it would cause creating it when they passed it in the middle of the night, using the votes of congressmen and Senators who had already been voted out of office.
  4. But the fact that Republicans are even using the words “replace” shows that they have no interest in getting rid of the new socialism in medicine and they don’t care what it does for freedom, liberty or the American way.  This causes me to ask, “what are they conserving, anyway?”
  5. A repeal bill doesn’t need to replace anything.  It can, as part of the repeal create some simple little measures that will help people right away.  They can’t turn back the clock and pretend it never happened.  That ship has sailed.

 

  • Immediately end all the penalties.
  • Immediately end all IRS enforcement actions, forms, record keeping and involvement.
  • Immediately end all the employer and individual mandates.
  • Prohibit insurance companies from dropping insured patients for a period of 24 months, as long as premiums are up to date. This gives the market a chance to adapt to the new normal.
  • Drop the pre-existing condition mandate. I know that this is one of the most popular parts of Obamacare, but this is not what insurance is for.  Insurance spreads risk.  Pre-existing conditions are no longer risk.  They are certainty.  This is just another way of wanting to have stuff (health care) that you cannot afford and wanting someone else to pay for it.  Obamacare “cured” this by making insurance pools pay for it.  The proper people to pay for it are the people getting the services.  When they exhaust their resources, then the proper people are willing charities.  If I were King, I would use the personal bank accounts of every congressperson and Senator who voted for Obamacare to pay these expenses.
  • Drop the mandates for minimum types of coverage. Let the buyers of insurance choose for themselves which things they want covered based on what they are willing to pay for.  Hint:  If you demand $50 a month in birth control pills to be “covered”, guess how much your new premium is.
  • Drop funding for children of illegal aliens.
  • Drop funding for abortion clinics.
  • End all subsidies that lower premiums for medical insurance.  These distort the market and prevent insurance companies from making rational decisions based on actuarial risks.  (Insurance).  Everyone pays their own.  If they are poor, they get the poor people’s insurance Medicare and Medicaid.

That pretty much guts the main parts of Obamacare and gives the bureaucracy a chance to dig deeply into a thousand other programs to fins the roots.

Arguments about letting insurance companies sell across state lines are a red herring.  This doesn’t save money, create efficiency or make health delivery any better.  What it does is undercut the state agencies that oversee insurance companies in their states.  The Federal government should not use repeal of Obamacare as an excuse to grab more power for the federal government at the expense of the states.  There is nothing wrong with state regulation of health care that needs “fixing”.  Hint:  All of the big insurance companies already sell across state lines and have been forever.  And they comply with state laws in every case.

Oh look, Republicans, I just wrote your “repeal and replace” bill for you.  It didn’t take 25,000 pages of regulations.  It didn’t take “having a plan in place first”.  It didn’t even need a single Democratic congressperson to vote on it.  Seriously.  There is no reason to hold hearings.  There is no reason to let Democrats stonewall this by listening to anything they have to say about it.

The “Repeal and Replace” mentality is a trap.  The Democrats want you to repeal Obamacare, which is hugely unpopular (except with people who get free stuff), and replace it with something that looks and acts just like it.  Then Republicans will be totally responsible for THAT tar baby.  Any socialized health care scheme operated by the federal government will be hugely inefficient, over-reaching, anti-freedom and anti-American.  The Democrats WANT republicans to have their name on the next iteration of Hillary-Obamacare.  Because then, no one will be leading a charge to repeal it.  Ever.

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